“When I started my own brand, I already knew that it would be a long but very gratifying journey, and that is how I summarize these nearly 30 years in the world of fashion”
Elsa Barreto is a designer with a career of more than 25 years in Portuguese fashion. Having trained at the Porto Fashion Academy and won the New Talents competition as a final-year student, Elsa Barreto built a solid professional path in which each of her collections designs an instantly recognizable personality where feminine lines and sophistication are essential vectors.
When she created her own brand in 1990, Elsa Barreto soon demonstrated her drive and determination, presenting Haute Couture, Prêt-à-Porter and Bridal collections with a very unique identity. In 2007, she's acknowledged by Lux magazine as a prominent designer and voted by its readers as Female Personality of the year in the fashion category. In 2012, she was awarded the Municipal Medal of Merit – Silver Grade by the municipality of Braga, in recognition of her professional career path and of her personal effort, on behalf of the city that has always welcomed her. In 2015, Elsa Barreto made her début at Portugal Fashion, presenting her 2016 summer collection, ART, inspired on her passion for architecture, painting, and sculpture.
This year, she returned to the Portugal Fashion runway to present her 2016/2017 fall/winter collection, DRAMA, based on ensembles that masterfully and dramatically combine different textures, silhouettes and patterns, transporting a strong scenic component to each woman's everyday life.
Elsa Barreto's woman is, therefore, modern, confident and full of sensuality. More than elegant and unique clothing, the Elsa Barreto brand identifies its fashion productions with a strong conviction: passion for creating, passion for living.